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Mark Turgeon To Maryland

Mark Turgeon is the new coach at Maryland and Terp fans are in a state of happathy. That's cheerful indifference.

I had to look it up.

Maryland fan is disappointed that three or four bigger names didn't work out in replacing the sweaty one, a sobering free market assessment on the state of Maryland basketball and its incongruence with their own perception of the job's value. It's not fun to think that you're a 9 and learn that you're actually a 7. Still, this is a basketball school in the premier basketball league in America smack dab in the middle of a Baltimore-DC corridor stacked with talent. That much of this talent may resemble the cast of The Wire does require some ability to recruit flexibly.

Deranged Texas A&M athletic director Bill Byrne has already promised that he has a roladex full of hot names and he expects the Aggie basketball juggernaut to not skip a beat. There are plenty of solid names out there, particularly if the Aggies are feeling morally flexible (Tim Floyd is at UTEP right now).

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Sorry to see Coach Turgeon leave but we are much better off today in hiring a new coach because of the good work of Mark & Billy.less than a minute ago via Twitter for iPhone Favorite Retweet Reply

My two cents are these: Turgeon is a good coach and a good guy, if an unexceptional recruiter. His success at Maryland will be heavily predicated on his ability to raise his recruiting game in a place where he has no historical or regional ties. Turgeon has also demonstrated a thin skin at times and he'll need to fortify that as well. He's a solid tactician and strategist and has done a nice job of extracting production from recent Aggie teams with almost no guard play.

Probably my favorite part of the excellent Testudo Times coverage of the coaching hire is this passing description of Texas A&M:

Texas A&M, meanwhile, has almost no history of basketball success, is located in a non-ideal locale, has a lot of idiosyncrasies, and is a huge football school.

Brother, you have no idea.